Essen, November 27, 2003
The Audi R8, which has dominated the international sportscar scene for
years, is developing into a true classic. Customer and importer teams will
again benefit from the superior technology of the Audi R8 and its powerful
FSI engine with 550 hp during the 2004 season.
Endurance Races in Europe & America
The Audi customer teams Champion, Goh and Veloqx plan campaigns in
the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and in
the new European Le Mans Endurance Series (LMES) with support from
the Audi importers in North America, Japan and Great Britain.
“Even if our 2004 works commitment is concentrated in the DTM, the
sportscar involvement remains an important field of competition for Audi,”
says Head of Audi Sport Dr Wolfgang Ullrich. “Our importer and customer
teams can compete at the highest level with the Audi R8 and have, as a
result, the best possible chances of victory. In the meantime, we realise
how high the standards are that we set with the R8 for the competition.”
Audi Sport does not only support the involvement of the customer teams
and importers on a technical level. They also make available their
successful works drivers, first and foremost Le Mans winner Rinaldo
Capello and the defending ALMS Champion Marco Werner. “Both
expressed the wish to continue with sportscar racing,” explains Dr Ullrich.
“On top of that, with Pierre Kaffer a young German driver will get the chance
from Audi to establish himself in the sportscar scene.”